Summit Winter Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 14.6° Plato
36 IBUs
Malts: Harrington, Caramel, Carafa II
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, Tettenanger

Added by Todd on 12-08-2001

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tapered pub glass it pours a dark copper mahogany, fluffy tan foam layers on the surface and lasts for a bit. Spindly lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Thin skim across the surface lasts for the duration of the glass.

Initial aroma of cola or sarsaparilla, later some gingerbread, low key on the spice though thankfully. Not sweet, somewhat complex with some molasses too as it warms.

Mild malt toastiness, molasses, cocoa powder, light malty flavors, not sweet or bitter really. Light bodied, nearly watery but stops short. Easy going, nothing really stands out about it, but it has an autumnal character and is easy enough to drink.

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Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, a deep ruby color with minimal head and almost no lacing. Tastes dark and roasty with chocolate and some toffee tones. Smells of chocolate and caramel. Has a medium body, and dries out slightly at the end. It has a roasty, dry aftertaste and sits on the back of the palate.

It tastes very porter-ish. Not very winter warmery, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of pisomojado8
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that is almost black with a tint of ruby red and orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet and lightly roasted malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Has some nuts and a subtle spiced quality. Also some hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Some light hints of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Very malt forward like the nose leads. Sweet biscuity and lightly roasted malts with caramel and toffee. Hints of nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a bit of dark fruit. A moderate taste of earthy and grassy hops peaks through in the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat sweet but finishes a bit on the dryer side. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid winter warmer. Very good use of malts. Sweet but balanced.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed alongside RJ Rockers First Snow Ale.

A: Clear dark red-amber with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruit and roasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Very nice roasted flavor. Coffee and subtle dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm.

O: This tastes and feels like a winter warmer to me. Roasted, malty, smooth, and warm. I liked this better than the First Snow Ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a bit of reddish hue. There is a good head and quite a bit of lace. The nose is sweet caramel and some mild spice as well as dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet with a nice malt character. Good, light spice. Finish is a bit dry but, a nice balance between normal beer and an overspiced seasonal. A solid winter warmer!

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Photo of Shag
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dasmusik
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of brandoman63
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of cjacobsen
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a really dark brown. When held to the light it has a brilliant ruby color. Somewhat thin head.

(S) Roasted grain and a bit of hops. Biscuit. Some sweetness. Weak fig.

(T) Decent amount of roasted malts paired with some other sweetness. Faint cinnamon. There's some decent hop bitters at the middle-end of the flavor.

(M) Kind of grainy. Medium body. It has some carbonation bite to it.

(O) It's a decent winter brew. Has some good flavor for a winter beer. Nor overly spicy or hefty on the cinnamon. Good, solid amber ale.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Brown-garnet with a one finger tan head that retains fairly well.
S- Sweet and slightly nutty. Just a touch of toffee.
T- At first it's got a brown sugar type flavor. Caramel and a nutty finish.
M- Medium light body and a smooth carbonation.
O- It's an ok tasting beer but there are enough better Winter Warmers out there I'd probably pass on this in the future.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown head just sort of sits on top of a deep red amber colored ale.

Slight hoppy nose with maybe a little malt in the background leads into a pretty decent rich but light coffee taste.

This beer has a nice medium body that leads into a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste.

A pretty decent beer, worthy a spot on your to do list.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown body, trace head floating, zero lacing

S: caramel, malt, toffee, nuts

T: mild malt, hint of chocolate, roasted flavor, mild bready finish

M: medium/light body, low carbonation

D: not bad, fine winter warmer newbie beer.


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Photo of dali27
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color, almost a cola-like. Really nice light tan head that lasts a while. The color combination is very good looking.

S: I smell caramel and mild roast. The smell is very subtle in this beer.

T: Mild malty taste, with also mild caramel/chocolate flavor. Ends with a bit of a boozy taste. There is nothing too overwhelming here about the taste.

M: Thin with mild carbonation.

D: Easy to drink with food, or using this as intended as a winter warmer.

Mild is the word that I would use to describe this beer. There is nothing spectacular about it, and at the same time I would not hesitate to try again. Really reminds me of a slightly muted version of Summit's Great Northern Porter, which is a beer that I love.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/11 notes.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with an inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, spices, bready malts, fruit, and toasted malts..

t - Tastes of caramel malts, roasted malts, tooasted malts, and light spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice winter warmer with some nice caramel malts. Would have again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark garnet brown color with a decent sized, foamy, light, frothy, off white head. Nice retention leaving a nice creamy lace.

S - Roasted barley and caramel are quite strong. Sweet but a good amount of spice. A touch of earthy and floral hops.

T - Roasted barley, caramel and some baker's chocolate. Quite porter like. Mid sip some earthy hops come out and maybe a touch of floral hops. A touch of nuttiness. Spice shows up later in the sip with an earthy and slightly wintery spice flavor. Similar to a hoppy porter.

M - Fuller side of thin body with average carbonation. Smooth, but a little thinner than I would like.

D - Goes down easy enough, but it isn't overly interesting. Doesn't quite do the warming job that I would really like in a winter warmer, but not a bad beer to sip on a couple on a cold night.

Notes: Reminds me of a slightly hoppy and spiced porter. Mayber a slight English taste (hops or yeast possibly). Not bad, but nothing really engaging or intriguing.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red, almost brown with plenty of carbonation and a pleasant malty, coffee with cream sort of aroma. The caramel and roasted malts are the standout flavor in this beer, helping to create complexity with a distinct nuttiness and touch of toffee. The hop flavor and bitterness seems to be played down quite a bit, letting the malts express their flavors. the woody English hops express themselves a little better as the beer warms up. This is a beer best left to warm up quite a bit before that first sip, otherwise its complexity is far less evident. Toffee-ish malts in the finish and a hint of tannin. Overall, a pretty decent Winter Warmer but I think the drinkability would be better if it had a slightly more memorable finish.

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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 573 ratings.
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